Airgas Issues $600 Million of Senior Notes

  Airgas Issues $600 Million of Senior Notes

Business Wire

RADNOR, Pa. -- February 11, 2013

Airgas, Inc. (NYSE: ARG) announced today it has priced $325 million of 1.650%
senior notes due February 15, 2018 and $275 million of 2.375% senior notes due
February 15, 2020. The offering is expected to close on February 14, 2013,
subject to customary closing conditions. The Company’s long-term debt is rated
Baa2 by Moody’s Investors Service and BBB by Standard and Poor’s Corporation.

The Company intends to use the net proceeds from the offering for general
corporate purposes, including to fund acquisitions, to repay indebtedness
under the Company’s commercial paper program and to repurchase shares pursuant
to the Company’s stock repurchase program. Initially, the Company expects to
use the net proceeds to repay indebtedness under its commercial paper program.

Goldman, Sachs & Co., Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated and
Wells Fargo Securities, LLC, served as Joint Book-Running Managers on this
transaction.

The notes are being offered under a shelf registration statement filed with
the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The offering will be made only by
means of a preliminary prospectus supplement and accompanying base prospectus,
copies of which may be obtained by contacting Goldman, Sachs & Co. at
866-471-2526 or prospectus-ny@ny.email.gs.com, Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner &
Smith Incorporated at 800-294-1322 or dg.prospectus_requests@baml.com and
Wells Fargo Securities, LLC, 1525 West W.T. Harris Blvd., NC0675, Charlotte,
North Carolina 28262, Attention: Capital Markets Client Support, toll-free:
800-326-5897 or emailing: cmclientsupport@wellsfargo.com. A copy of the
preliminary prospectus supplement and accompanying base prospectus may also be
obtained at no charge at the Securities and Exchange Commission's website, at
www.sec.gov.

This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of
an offer to buy the securities described herein, nor shall there be any sale
of these securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or
sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the
securities laws of any such jurisdiction.

About Airgas, Inc.

Airgas, Inc. (NYSE: ARG), through its subsidiaries, is one of the nation’s
leading suppliers of industrial, medical and specialty gases, and hardgoods,
such as welding equipment and related products. Airgas is a leading U.S.
producer of atmospheric gases with 16 air separation plants, a leading
producer of carbon dioxide, dry ice, and nitrous oxide, one of the largest
U.S. suppliers of safety products, and a leading U.S. supplier of
refrigerants, ammonia products, and process chemicals. More than 15,000
employees work in approximately 1,100 locations, including branches, retail
stores, gas fill plants, specialty gas labs, production facilities and
distribution centers. Airgas also markets its products and services through
eBusiness, catalog and telesales channels. Its national scale and strong local
presence offer a competitive edge to its diversified customer base. For more
information, please visit www.airgas.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release may contain statements that are forward looking, as that
term is defined by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 or by
the Securities and Exchange Commission in its rules, regulations and releases.
Forward-looking statements are generally identified with the words “believe,”
“expect,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “estimate,” “target,” “may,” “will,”
“would,” “plan,” “project,” “should,” “continue” or the negative thereof or
other similar expressions, or discussion of future goals or aspirations, which
are predictions of or indicate future events and trends and which do not
relate to historical matters. These statements include, but are not limited
to, statements that the offering is expected to close on February 14, 2013,
and that proceeds of the offering will be used for general corporate purposes,
including acquisitions, to repay indebtedness under the Company’s commercial
paper program, and to repurchase shares pursuant to the Company’s stock
repurchase program and that the Company initially expects to use the net
proceeds to repay indebtedness under its commercial paper program. We intend
that such forward-looking statements be subject to the safe harbors created
thereby. All forward-looking statements are based on current expectations
regarding important risk factors and should not be regarded as a
representation by us or any other person that the results expressed therein
will be achieved. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially
from those contained in any forward-looking statement include: Airgas’ ability
to sell the notes; an economic downturn; supply cost pressures; increased
industry competition; our ability to successfully consummate and integrate
acquisitions; adverse changes in customer buying patterns; significant
fluctuations in interest rates; increases in energy costs and other operating
expenses; the effect of catastrophic events; political and economic
uncertainties associated with current world events; and other factors
described in the Company's reports, including its Form 10-K dated March 31,
2012, subsequent Forms 10-Q and other Forms filed by the Company with the
Securities and Exchange Commission.

Contact:

Airgas, Inc.
Media Contact:
Doug Sherman, 610-902-6270
doug.sherman@airgas.com
or
Investor Contact:
Barry Strzelec, 610-902-6256
barry.strzelec@airgas.com
 
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